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Becoming a Wienermobile Driver Is a Surprisingly Selective Process

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If you’ve ever sighted one of Oscar Mayer’s famous Wienermobiles on the road, you might’ve wondered what the job requirements would be for driving one of these zany vehicles. I mean how cool would it be to list “hotdogger” — yep, this an official job title — on your resume? According to the New York Post, however the application process for becoming a Wienermobile driver is a bit more rigorous than the process for getting into an Ivy League school.

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The recent surge in job applicants

Ed Roland, a senior manager of experiential marketing at Oscar Mayer, articulates the exclusivity of the company’s hiring procedure. “It can be easier to get into an Ivy League university than become a hotdogger.” 

Per the New York Post, the company has received 7,000 applications this year from soon-to-be grads. That’s a 1,000-person increase from last year’s numbers. The company’s increased presence on social media is a huge reason for this peak in applications. The company also has strong recruitment programs at institutions like Pennsylvania State University, University of Missouri, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Each year, the company picks just 12 applicants to become hotdoggers. This translates to an acceptance rate of 0.17 percent. That’s a shocking level of selectivity, considering that Harvard’s annual acceptance rate is 4.6 percent. 

Per the New York Post, Oscar Mayer prioritizes candidates with degrees in public relations, business, and marketing. Having solid customer service and interpersonal skills are two other qualities that the company values in applicants. 

Cool facts about hotdoggers

Whether you apply to become a Wienermobile driver or simply find these cars fascinating, here are some pieces of trivia you can wow your friends with. 

  • The company has hired over 400 hotdoggers, over the past three decades that the Wienermobile has been in existence.
  • Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was a Wienermobile driver in the early 90s. 
  • Each hotdogger must successfully complete a two-week driver’s ed course called “Hot Dog High,” before the company lets them travel across the country in a Wienermobile. 
  • The Wienermobile lacks a grill or fridge for storing hot dogs. 
  • Each hotdog-shaped vehicle accommodates up to six passengers and includes a widescreen TV, voice-activated GPS, and chairs that convert into daybeds. 

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News Source: New York Post